According to The Baltimore Sun, Maryland State Police have arrested a 14-year-old boy accused of repeatedly shining a laser pointer into the cockpit of a helicopter helping Baltimore County police search for someone threatening suicide. Law enforcement officials explain that shining lasers into the cockpit can blind the pilot temporarily. If someone shines a laser pointer into a helicopter during a critical point of the flight, crew members may become disoriented and unable to perform their duties properly.
The teen, who has not been identified, was charged with attempted second degree assault on police, reckless endangerment, prohibited use of a laser pointer, obstruction, and hindering police. Flight crew members noticed a flashing light in the cockpit and prepared to take precautionary maneuvers. When they saw the light shine a second time, they located the source of the light and directed police officers to proceed to the residence.
Within six minutes, police arrested the teen suspect and recovered the laser pointer. Lieutenant Walter Kerr states that law enforcement officials intend to do whatever they can to reduce the number of laser pointer incidents so police officers can focus on performing their duties. There have already been two prosecutions for this type of incident.
Anyone charged with obstruction, hindering police, prohibited use of a laser pointer, or any other crime in Maryland should immediately contact an experienced Maryland criminal defense lawyer to review your case and determine the best course of action based on your unique circumstances. To schedule a free case evaluation with one of Alpert Schreyer, LLC’s top rated criminal defense attorneys, call 301-262-7005 or toll free at 866-444-6363 today.